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Aug 16, 2013 7:00am PDT
quote , quote, we're a human-run agency operating in a complex environment with a number of different regulatory regimes, so at times we find ourselves on the wrong side of the line. but we have been assured, up and down, both on background with officials and on television, that the proper oversight is in
Aug 21, 2013 4:30pm PDT
that buildout program regardless whether the sfpuc wants to do or not. and you the department of environment because you have been involved in a lot of energy efficiency buildout would be the natural vehicle for that. so, the reality is we all need to make this happen. and if we find that the sfpuc is not getting it together, we can make it happen ourselves. is that a risk? yes. will stopping the not to exceed rate vote next week change much? the answer is no. and as mr. freed said, if we get this not to exceed rate thing out of the way, we see how much money we've got to work with the buildout, then we can get this second phase rolling. so, i agree with your expressing the concerns you've expressed. i wouldn't make it so leveraged on you better work with us or else. let's just express the concerns and express that you want the not to exceed rates to be competitive with pg&e. thanks. oh, and you can leave out the rec thing because if you insist that we do the local buildout that's envisioned by all the laws and resolution that the board passed, then that means we will get away from recs righ
Aug 21, 2013 4:00pm PDT
commission on the environment supported in a september 2012 resolution. so, if we're to piece together a statement, i would like to -- we don't have a deputy ca. i think i'd probably have to ask to entertain a motion to adopt that program as a start of a resolution and then look at a second. >> josh, president, i love you. i love you dearly. we can't do this. [laughter] >> i'll be -- you know, and if we are -- even if we were, then i think that we have said -- stated what it is that we care about. and you in your infinite lawyer brain need to either spit this out and write it down or we need to, you know, or we can't do it like this. [multiple voices] >> right, we're a city and county commission. , and you know, we're about to -- i love you, man. we're about to approve a resolution that has not been out there, you know. i thought that we could approve a statement that says our general feeling, you know, kind of a motion that, that, you know, conveys that, look, this is how we are. but to sit here and craft a motion, you know, we can't do that, brother. we can't do it, and i'm concerned
Aug 22, 2013 4:00pm PDT
as president of the environment commission where we had a long discussion about the proposal and what's before you today, it's obviously a big decision, it's something that a lot of people have been working on a long time, a lot of us in this room, a lot of us wearing different hats and capacities. what i wanted to share is that we had two or three hour discussion over the environment commission, at the end of which we couldn't come to a consensus position. we asked a lot of questions, questions about the local build-out, the nature of the renewable energy credits that have increased nr the mix and what that impacts on the underlying goals of the program, both over at our shop and just generally speaking, questions around local hiring, the number of jobs and there was a lot of reveals, the big concerning thing i think that's safe to say for all of us, when it comes to local build-out, we're stuck at least from the staff the idea that there's a draft of an outline of a plan and that was something that was concerning i would say. it's not to say that we obviously all know where we want to go, it
Aug 19, 2013 6:30pm PDT
) >> if we can call the roll, monica. thanks. >> this is the meeting of the commission on the environment. today is tuesday, august 6. it is 5: p.m. first item on the agenda roll call. vice president d'arcy? >> here. >> [speaker not understood]. commissioner heather stephenson is excused. commissioner johanna walled? >> here. >> [speaker not understood]. >> here. >> next item is the approval of the minutes. [speaker not understood]. this is a discussion and action item. >> commission colleagues, any discussion on the minutes? do we have any public comment on the minutes? seeing no public speakers, public comment is closed. could i get a motion to approve, colleagues? >> i move to approve the minutes. >> i second. >> can all those in favor please signify by saying aye? >> aye. >> the minutes a approved. next item. >> public comment on the meeting minutes? minutes? it has been approved. i would ask someone in the audience to turn their cell phones off. and the next item on the japed is public comment. members of the public may address the commission on matters that are within the commission
Aug 19, 2013 10:00pm PDT
're not moving fast enough. >> i'm just saying -- we need a vision. we've articulated a vision at the environment commission. and advocates have worked on this for a long time. i started working on this in 2008 when we needed a solution to move the last minute with in-city renewable generation and jobs to close potrero power plant without new dirty peaker power plants. there's a lot of time invested in getting to something. the complaint is the vision is still there. there is still the true believers. there is still the talent, i think, to do that and the expertise as a city. but the presentation was not it. and there is a draft outline and there is a new thing now about buying the hydro power and there's all this new stuff that i don't even know what it is. all i know is that i think theretion' -- i would like to express we have concerns. >> and i'm cool. >> here's where we are, that's fine. if that's the case and you want to add that, at this point in time, it needs to be added to this thing because you're saying we have concerns. what are the concerns? >> we have concerns about the progress of
Aug 15, 2013 6:30pm PDT
with addiction. now, there is no point in talking about saving the environment with someone who has an empty stomach. den sis very aware of this when he works on ways to save brazil's rain forests. he has been labeled a young global leader for this approach. he told us what he has in mind. >> how do you decide between cutting a tree or feeding a population? it is either the environment or production. the two should go together. we should understand, for example, that the rain that irrigates the soy plantations comes from the amazon. if the amazon is thrnt, the rain will not be there either. also the rain that produces power for the rest of brazil for the hydroelectric dams, that comes from the amazon. i work at a group of companies in northern brazil. now i am involved with a few foundations that work on amazon conservation, poverty aleviation and research and development of the amazon. brazil can go through the commodities boom without having significant environmental impacts. i think brazil has focused more recently, perhaps over the last five years on improving productivity on already def
Aug 18, 2013 10:00am PDT
. >> thank you. >> item five. >> it will be a presentation by the san francisco department of the environment on mandate and non-mandate programs. they will have staff providing specifics energy, commuter benefits and the green business program. and this is agenda as a discussion item only. >> good evening, everyone, thanks for having us tonight. as christian mentioned we are here to speak on the commuter benefits program, the energy watch program, and the green business program. and my name is sueellen at tkinson and impart of the clean team and i manage the clean business ordinance. >> there we go. >> five years ago san francisco adopted the ordinance for the suitable transportation for the people commuting to and from the city. >> it requires employers with 20 or more employees nationwide to offer commuter benefit to all full and part time employees in san francisco. those commuter benefits could be as a pretax deduction and employer paid subsidy or a provided transportation program. >> the ordinance passed with strong support from the business community, and in a vote by the board of supe
Aug 15, 2013 1:30pm PDT
thing for the environment by taking the bus thank you. >> thank you. good afternoon, commissioners i live on jackson street. isn't there a positive fix to this? rather than cutting service and forcing more use of private transportation can't we work to take muni in and out of our neighborhood. there are 7 schools in our neighborhood. this would possibly reduce the congestion during pickup and drop off. i don't know if you've been through our neighborhood but there's long lines of cars at the 3 o'clock waiting to pick up their kids and filling the air with greenhouse gases. we can coordinate with culture centers. and during the day when the ridership is lower we can element the frequency of some of those buses >> as the next speaker comes up i'll call more speakers (calling names). >> good afternoon. my name is jean kelly. i live on jackson street. this is the second time i've come down here in the last 5 years to plead for the savior of the 3 jackson which is the only bus that come into our neighborhood that will take us to our jobs in the financial district and back. the 3 jackson
Aug 15, 2013 4:30pm PDT
, the fact that the environment is collapsing around us, and in this room is all the people whose lives are being affected by this. should we have a feed-in tariff which most of the cities in the world have, especially europe or should we have cc a, where does the cc a create the jobs? i don't see it, i've read their literature since it began. where -- are they able to do what's being done in europe with creation of jobs and income for the government? i don't see it and i want an explanation from them. i asked them, i don't get an explanation. the environment is collapsing. i think what we need is a feed-in tariff law that the city can pass t city of lancaster, california just passed all homes built in lancaster be 100% solar power, los angeles county has passed a feed-in tariff for harvesting it under the grid, this is exactly what's going on all over the globe and we need to do it here in san francisco. it's a law that requires pg&e to pay the home owners for harvesting solar energy, it's not government subsidy, contrary to what everything is media says, it's simply a market, so i thi
Aug 16, 2013 1:30am PDT
. and implemented by the department of the environment. this program has not only helped the small business owners, save money by providing energy savings that directly support their bottom line but also lower the environmental impact. the first was power savers. >> and it helped over 4,000 small business owners, receive energy efficient lining retrofits and 2,000 projects were installed through the peak energy program. and currently the san francisco energy watch program has installed over 4300 and energy efficiency projects and local business and this number continues to grow. altogether the programs have installed over 10,000 energy efficient project and commercial establishments and saved an average of over $2800 in annual energy costs and paid more than 29 million in incentives and just in the carbon emissions which is the equivalent to powering over 38,000 san francisco homes for a year. this program you can see the map, sort of. but these programs have touched every neighborhood and commercial corridor in san francisco. especially where there are high concentrations of businesses. the san f
Aug 15, 2013 2:30am PDT
is a systemic virus, then the environment has to change so the virus cannot grow and the only way the environment changes is if youth and adults begin to speak with one voice about changing the social norms that allows it to happen. it makes sense to most of us, you have it khaifrpb the social norms. we must educate. but we must go beyond thinking more rigor will get us better achievement. we have to remember a school is a community and in a xhuept, people look out for each other. they've got each other's back. how do we begin to promote that idea that we are in this thing together? we believe it's through, unfortunately but truly, self-interest. kids are driven developmentally by the desire to fit in, to belong, to be part of an affinity group. if we can capitalize on their desire to look out for their friends and give them some more tools and opportunities and support, they will begin to do what we need them to do to at least confront it in their own small cell of social influence and the compounding and leveraging of that begins to make change. so the question we have to as
Aug 19, 2013 1:00am PDT
, unlike bottled water, is also good for our pocket books and the environment as well. and the public utilities commission, the puc, has worked along with the department of public health to educate residents to drink as much tap water as possible. i think [speaker not understood] and different efforts at the community level have been really beneficial, but we absolutely need to increase the ability of people to use their own refillable water bottles. and unlike bottled water, hetch hetchy tap water costs less than a half a penny per gallon. so, it's almost like costless in some ways. it's quality tested over 100,000 times a year and it's highly regulated by the environmental protection agency or the epa. i think the fear of drinking tap water often has been caused by slick and really misleading campaigns by the bottled water companies and over the years there is a certain fear. but i think the countering with a strong public education program, community education, has been critical. and many of you know that my work to work with christina and others within the department of public hea
Aug 20, 2013 1:30pm PDT
determined by the county surveyor. the impacts could have a significant impact on the environment. for this project the battery acid is behavior a concern for the fire department. however, they still get reviewed in their annual inspection. and those batteries are upstairs in a location not in the basement. i would add for the previously information the map refers to the need for dp w inspections. this don't - in facility does not fall within the scope of the inspectors review. those combined the remove of the maps and this seal to the batteries means the replacement of the batteries is not an u cut risk. for the department there were no sequa issues and this does not raise any special circumstances. where this promise is capable with the neighborhood it is. first necessity as the sequa said the capacity was needed. and at&t concluded no other locations would be feasible within this area. new facilities require a review for coverage and capacity in the facility. this includes additional drive test. they determine the information was accurate next intieblt. this california street w
Aug 21, 2013 1:00pm PDT
'm with the department of the environment's environmental justice program and i'm here today to tell you some simple actions you can take to make your home healthier. we all deserve to have healthy homes. we all deserve to have healthy families. however, as we know in san francisco, some people are not as healthy as others. for example, bayview hunters point has significantly higher rates of asthma and other illnesses than other parts of the city. there are many reasons for these higher rates of illness. some are within our control, but many are not. for example, two freeways cross the neighborhood which creates air pollution and we know air pollution is bad for our health. for many years two nearby power plants caused much pollution in the southeastern part of the city, but both were shut down thanks to a lot of effort from the community. however, industry and the neighborhood still creates air pollution. sometimes the air indoors is more polluted than outdoors. since we spend the majority of our time indoors, today we're going to talk about indoor pollution and specific things we can do to make ou
Aug 19, 2013 10:00am PDT
project. as a general rule of thumb the projects present impacts on the environment. this is in keeping with this practice so in a few minutes keep in mind it has some benefits like a single occupancy vehicles. the eir provides an evaluation of the mtas policy framework to support the strategy planned goals. it includes service proposals including reroutes and routes elimination. and capita that is needed. and transit traffic time proposals or t prps. the sfmta has applied the t p.s. to design the t ps. for example, in pedestrian and traffic circles in lanes. one example of which is the pilot on church street. the corridors identified for t prp treatments are those that carry the majority of ridership in the city. the eir may include the program analysis such as a the service policy framework. it's appropriate for the proposals for which designed details has not been developed as shown on the map. the corridors in black are the ones for which the mta has designed specific designs and the gray ones are needing more processes pr the their involvin others processes. so the culminate effect
Aug 19, 2013 10:30am PDT
it fails to recognize that it will create hazard ooze environment for bicycle traffic. >> thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> i'm maria clyde. i love the neighborhood despite the fact we're crowded with churches go schools and hospitals. i love the street and i beg you to keep the line thank you. thank you >> if the members of the public could please silence their mobile devises just simply turn it off. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> yeah, i'm william kelly i'm on jackson. first thing i'd like to do is respectfully obtain to the character that's given on say pieces of paper reduction of traffic times we're talking about the 3 jackson this seems possible it's the exact opposite of what's being proposed. i don't have had any more statistics to over is jackson i live on jackson and i guess this is a map the east, west lines there's nothing between california and my own street which is absolutely incredible. i never understood or why this is attempted it's not the most sparesly used line in the city. i'm 65 it gets - there's the alternatives. it occurred to me
Aug 20, 2013 2:30pm PDT
for environment for justice where they began 10 years ago in neighborhoods they've all helped shape this legislation to address issues of food access and community height. i want to thank the arab groceries information and helping in reach out and drafting and support thisors o ordinance. in many part of our service there's not many that offer vegetation and there are an overabundance of stores that sell foods high in sugars and salts. this will help the smaller businesses to become for competitive and will offer more healthy foods. the programs will help in supplementing oots small business owners. and it will be mended with the department of public health of public health and the store coalition and establishing the associations. this will create a specialized one stop shop for an array of services. to participate in the program retailers must agree to receiveables to devout areas for allow fat products to participate in their program so that's over one 3rd of their stores. the retailer must not have one fifth of their stores to tobaccos. and a community advisory group that's comp
Aug 16, 2013 9:30pm PDT
commissioners i admit i drove her today. i feel very strongly that our environment needs more service not less. thank you very much >> thank you. >> good afternoon i live on california street and i will try to tie some of this why the draft d i r is insufficient. i should note there's a lot of focus on the guidelines for sequa. it's interesting to pay attention to the finding of the legislature when they passed it. they denied the environment it means the physical conditions that exist in the area including and then it goes on to list aesthetic significant items. i would argue that a long-standing service like along jackson street or china attain projects are of historic service that the community has relied on. that realigns and how it affects the quality of the life in the area specifically the 3 jackson i've paid attention but now for the third or fourth time addressing plans to eliminate the 3 jackson's. the d u r didn't mention the 3 jackson clearly they can't of analyzed the impact of the quality of life on the resident which is the percentage of vulnerable population that's realignment
Aug 15, 2013 6:30am PDT
past that meander up and down the park under pines and eucalyptus. hang out in this environment and you might see butterflies it, fennel, and then the lines. -- dandelions. is ada accessible. public transit is plentiful. we have conquered the steps, we have watched the dogs, and we have enjoyed a beautiful view. this is a place to take someone special on a romantic stroll and enjoyed a beautiful look out. welcome to corona heights located in the heart of this district. it offers a view of the downtown skyline, the bay bridge, and the east bay. it is one of the best kept secrets in the city. it is hardly ever crowded. on any given day, you will run into a few locals. , bought a 37 bus to get there without any parking worries. for legged friends can run freely. there is also a patch of grass for the small box. >> it is a great place. it is a wonderful place to have these kinds of parks. that dog owners appreciate it. >> take time to notice of the wildfires that are on the grassland and keep your head out on the lookout for hawks and other bird life. be sure to take your camera and be prep
Aug 17, 2013 12:00am PDT
, biology, physics, listening, cognitive, perception and social behavior and the environment. right here in san francisco. and it just does not happen in every city, but it will happen here. not only in san francisco, but for the families around the world. and the exporatorium does so much more for our san francisco communities. it offers our region's children and families 3,500 under served children and families will have free, science workshops. 70. yes. 70 under served middle high school students, opportunities to participate in college prep courses right here and training and hiring of over 200 of our city's youth, in docet jobs called explainers who will be warmly greeting you in front of the brand new station of the exporatorium of muni. [ applause ] >> so that is the function and the purpose of the exporatorium and let me tell you a little bit about how this place does even more than that. it provides public new access, public access to water-front sites for the first time in over 50 years. two, brand new acres of public accessible open space. access to our historic bulkhead at pi
Aug 19, 2013 10:00pm PDT
and environmental health. lead addresses five categories that enhances environment. indoor air quality, energy, water, materials and resources, and sustainable sites are the five categories for the lead. you can go for several gold or platinum certifications. >> the city wanted to be silver lead status. . maybe gold was a stretch. and people said, if we're going to be a sustainable organization that the pucs this has got to be the top of the line. it's got to be a lead platinum building. what does that mean to us? we run water, power, and sewer. so, those are some of the biggest things involved in lead platinum. ♪ ♪ >> by late 2008 the project, as we got the contractor on board and we were able to start pricing it, we're a multi-, multi-, multi-million dollar over budget. >> the story a lot of people don't know after we got select today do this project, the first price we came in with was $180 million. and the city said, you know, this is a great building, but we just don't want to spend that much money. so, the project was on the verge of being canceled. >> if you're looking at why this b
Aug 19, 2013 7:00pm PDT
grow inside our homes and pollute our air. mold is a fungus that grows in dark and moist environments. some molds can be very dangerous and can cause serious health problems if they're not dealt with immediately. especially for people with asthma. then there are pests like cockroaches, ants, and rodents. pests are not only a nuisance, but they're asthma triggerses. roach and rodent droppings and body parts of dead pests can be part of the dust we breathe and are not healthy for us. many of the products we use are also harmful to us. for example, aerosol sprays can trigger asthma. whether it's hair spray or oven spray, aerosol sprays create a fine mist of chemicals that pollute our indoor air and goes straight into our lungs when we breathe them in. it's the same thing with pesticide sprays or pesticide foggers or bug bombs, and air fresheners. they contain toxic or harmful chemicals that irritate the lungses and can trigger asthma or allergic reactions. how many of you use bleach or ammonia when you clean your home? well, unfortunately bleach and ammonia contain chemicals that can tri
Aug 19, 2013 9:00pm PDT
've got experts at department of environment. you know, we've got some real experts as this has gone from the evolution from 2007 ordinance to the program adopted by the board that we supported as a commission and department to sitting here today. have the environmental benefits increased or reduced since the program is at the board in the fall? >> are you asking -- >> yes. what should the department -- that's the question to the department. >> i will actually defer that to danielle murry who is our program manager who has been tracking clean power sf for the past couple of years. >> just a simple -- start us with the simple. >> so, i wasn't here 7 years ago, but i will say in the last four years what i've seen is that it's a program that is going to allow customers to choose renewable power. and as mr. randolph said, the greenhouse gas impact of that is the same regardless of what the mix s. it's all rps energy renewable power that we supplied for the program. that hasn't changed. ~ the difference may be on the economic side in terms of jobs. also on air quality. so, if we were talking a
Aug 20, 2013 12:00am PDT
as the environment is superior alternative, not the [speaker not understood] ramp that is not the map plan. that's because the implementation of the map plan will have a significant negative environmental impact as existing habitat in the quarter of our city's park land is destroyed to create this replica of a pre-white colonization of the habitat. because this designation [speaker not understood] as environmentally superior supporters were furious with the draft e-i-r the is this why we now need a third consultant? is rec and park going from consultant to consultant at great cost until they find one that will [speaker not understood] data similar map maintenance alternative is better? in the august 5th, 2013 we wall street journal article, [speaker not understood], native and nonnative plants would be environmentally superior. there are officials at the city's rec and park department that said the report used a no definition of environmentally superior set forth in california law. so, with this third consultant, is rec and park consultant shopping until they find
Aug 15, 2013 4:30am PDT
punitive measures because we don't believe in that. we mean that every classroom, every school environment should be a safe environment where everyone is welcomed regardless of who you are, regardless of your ethnic background, sexual orientation or cultural background and we don't couple that with behaviors that kids will display. and the other thing in terms of context that i want to make sure is clear and i didn't am happy you're here and we are fighting a battle against pop culture and the messages they receive on tv, logging on to the facebook page, logging on to all of the social media that is out there, think how many times in pop culture they refer to someone as "their little b, or little n" and that's just the way we greet each other and for someone that entered school only speaking spanish and you think about the language issues and in spanish i can tell you a whole bunch of terms that people use to great each other that are so racist, homo phobic and have a length and accepted as accepted and we need to work together and we're dealing with a culture we are trying to shift and
Aug 16, 2013 4:00am PDT
an environmentist? right now department of environment, which is not doing a very good job, is spelling out the proposal for greening san francisco, planting more trees. at the same time there is the program which is going to kill 18-1/2 thousand trees, and now what you're saying it's doing is using herbicides. i'm complaining about those herbicides in natural areas. i didn't even know they were natural areas provide [speaker not understood]. it's more and more. 300% increase in tier 1 and tier 2 herbicides and i am not [speaker not understood] by now, but [speaker not understood] linked to several cancers with the herbicides. [speaker not understood] nonhodge kin limb foe ~ lymphoma, and breast cancer. [speaker not understood] and all sorts of problems including sodas, [speaker not understood] look it up and [speaker not understood]. miscarriage, low sperm count, [speaker not understood], there is more evidence the bacteria is for [speaker not understood]. there is no excuse for use herbicide in city park in any quantity, forgetting about 300% increase in [speaker not understood]. one has
Aug 17, 2013 7:30am PDT
. these people are not environmentalists. they just throw out environment. anyway, i would like this program, this concept all together. but the very least, [speaker not understood]. [speaker not understood]. >> thank you. >> julie. and then paul. and if there is anyone else, if you could just line up against the wall, that would be great. go ahead. >>> thank you very much. i just -- i'm here basically to thank the city of san francisco for moving forward on the protection of the species in making efforts to protect the species in sharp park golf course. i'm a pacifica resident. i've lived there for nearly 30 years and almost the entire time i've lived there, i've been involved in environmental projects as a member of the open space task force, the open space committee, and also as a councilmember. and in the process, we preserved more than 500 acres of open space through our efforts, political efforts in our community, our preservation efforts in our community. so, i just want to say that as a preface to my comments about sharp park golf course, in the entire time that i worked on these pro
Aug 14, 2013 10:30pm PDT
. our mission has to do with providing a safe environment for kids, having them make healthy choices, important choices, character development is at the forefront of that. when you talk about community outreach at its best, it's first tea san francisco. we started out in southeast corner of our city with kids from the bay view hunters point, the online registration encompasses es and these kids knee a place to play. we don't want golden gate park to upset the balance that's been created there. we feel like there's enough room for everybody. when we talk about offering an opportunity for individuals to play golf, the public deserve a good venue for that. we wouldn't hender. picture the little ones that are well trained with the older ones who appear to operate out of that community working together to create the game of golf and to make it better. thank you. >> thank you. >> karen -- kevin and then rahon, then tony and lauren. >> hi. >> he's going to speak with this video. >> terrick is going to speak with the video. >> when rahon comes up, we can play a video. >> come on up. >>
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